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Race Matters: Covering Communities of Color

About This Course

Media coverage of the police shootings in Ferguson, Cleveland and Baltimore, plus the high-profile chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island often inflames an already volatile climate between residents and law enforcement across the country.

This webinar walks through some case studies that explore how news coverage can affect the public. We will also help journalists find and cover stories about race in their own communities with context and credibility.

What Will I Learn?

  • Tips for how to hash out issues in the newsroom
  • Approaches for covering sensitive topics
  • How to stop treating race as mainly a “problem story”
  • Case studies of best practices

Who Should Take this Course?

Reporters, editors, producers, students and anyone who wants to honor journalism's highest values, accuracy, fairness and contextual truth – in covering race.

Course Instructor

Sarah Hoye

Sarah Hoye

Sarah Hoye is a Correspondent for America Tonight airing weeknights on Al Jazeera America where she covers national assignments and breaking news. Hoye joined Al Jazeera America in 2013. Hoye has covered several prominent national stories for America Tonight, including protests and aftermath in Ferguson, MO., chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, privatized probation in Birmingham and gun violence in Chicago. Prior to joining the network, Hoye was an All-Platform Journalist for CNN based in Philadelphia.

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